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Estill County Murder and Arrest

Date of News Release: 09/07/2005

(Richmond, KY) - The Kentucky State Police Post 7 Richmond is currently investigating a homicide that occurred in the limits of Irvine.

On 9/7/2005 at 0219 hours, KSP Post 7 received a call from the emergency room of Marcum Wallace Hospital stating that Robert Jason Rucker had been brought into their facility with a head wound received in an assault. Mr. Rucker subsequently succumbed to his injuries. The Estill County Deputy Coroner, Tony Murphy, pronounced the victim dead at Marcum Wallace Hospital.

KSP detectives responded to the scene and through investigation arrested two people in connection with the death of Mr. Rucker. The suspects, Christoper Paul Wasson, age 28 and Emmons "Dale" Farthing, age 25, were taken into custody at 0550 hours and were charged with Murder and Tampering With Physical Evidence. Both were lodged in the Estill County Jail. It is believed that the victim died of blunt force trauma to the head.

The body of the deceased has been transported to the State Medical Examiners Office in Frankfort, where an autopsy will be conducted. The case remains under investigation by KSP Detective Ken Bradley.

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